The International Joint Commission (IJC) has published its 2016 Progress Report of the Parties (Canada and the US), documenting the actions taken since the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The report recognizes industry contributions, citing 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®). The following is an excerpt from the report:
4R Nutrient Stewardship is an internationally recognized approach based on core scientific principles of applying the right source of plant nutrition, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place to improve nutrient use efficiency to reduce any potential nutrient loss into the environment. As a result of the partnership of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Fertilizer Canada, and the Ontario Agri Business Association, Ontario is piloting 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiatives ahead of broader implementation across the Lake Erie basin and has successfully:
- Implemented 20 4R Demonstration Farms;
- Reached more than 115 Ontario growers through 4R Nutrient Stewardship Workshops;
- Enrolled 21 agri-retailers in the Ontario Agri Business Association’s voluntary 4R Designated Acres pilot program; and,
- Launched the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor 4R Nutrient Management Specialty Certification; 65 of Ontario’s Certified Crop Advisors are registered to write the certification exam in August 2016.